The Great White North, Eh?

I learned something a few weeks ago: Canada is rad.  Big, cold, and rad.  A 2,000 mile road trip through interior BC yielded some incredible scenery, rowdy times w/drunk Canadians, exciting winter van-camping, fresh powder runs, and soothing solitude on the open road.

I met Ski-Buddy Luke and his GF Ana at  Retallack Lodge just north of Nelson.  Out in the middle of nowhere, this place is an oasis of steep lines, cold beer, and snow-cats; truly a skier’s paradise.  It was awesome being around like-minded people who make skiing a priority.  Most of the other guests had been to the lodge 6 or 7 times.  What the hell took me so long to get my act together!?  After 4 days at the lodge, I drove to Revelstoke and skiied the largest vertical in North America.  They’re not kidding either; by the end of every run, I was begging for the lift.  After that it was down to Fernie…which was a cool town, but the mountains was weird to me.  In any case, it was refreshing seeing new places and exploring new roads.  Satisfaction levels were high as I rolled back into SLC.

I took the SLR out one day and got a few ok shots.  Man, taking a solid ski shot is tricky!  But mostly, all I have to show for the trip are some iphone snaps.  A few turned out blog-worthy.

 

Border x-ing

Border x-ing

 

Luke and his morning routine

Luke and his morning routine

 

the group getting ready to drop

the group getting ready to drop

 

Anna puttin' those mitts to work!

Ana puttin’ those mitts to work!

 

Luke in the zone

Luke in the zone

 

mountains are big up there

mountain taxi

 

seconds before I double-ejected

seconds before I double-ejected

 

Luke makes it look easy

Luke makes it look easy

 

the guys in our group were rippers

the guys in our group were rippers

 

sending everything

sending everything

 

Neglin night at the lodge. There was a Negzilla sighting.

Neglin night at the lodge. There was a Negzilla sighting.

 

my fav shot of the trip

my fav shot of the trip

 

Kootenay cold smoke

Kootenay cold smoke

 

a couple that skis together...

a couple that skis together…

 

fat skis came in handy

fat skis came in handy

 

a fitting message

a fitting message

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